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scum

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noun \ˈskəm\

Definition of scum

  1. 1a :  extraneous matter or impurities risen to or formed on the surface of a liquid often as a foul filmy covering — compare pond scum 2b :  the scoria of metals in a molten state :  drossc :  a slimy film on a solid or gelatinous object

  2. 2a :  refuseb :  a low, vile, or worthless person or group of people

scummy

play \ˈskə-mē\ adjective

Examples of scum in a sentence

  1. Boil the chicken and use a spoon to remove any scum that floats to the surface.

  2. <claimed that only scum lived in that part of town>

Origin and Etymology of scum

Middle English, from Middle Dutch schum; akin to Old High German scūm foam


First Known Use: 14th century


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scum

intransitive verb

Definition of scum

scummed

scumming

  1. :  to become covered with or as if with scum

1661

First Known Use of scum

1661



SCUM Defined for English Language Learners

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scum

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noun \ˈskəm\

Definition of scum for English Language Learners

  • : a layer of something unpleasant or unwanted that forms on top of a liquid

  • : a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person


SCUM Defined for Kids

scum

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noun \ˈskəm\

Definition of scum for Students

  1. 1 :  a film of matter that rises to the top of a boiling or fermenting liquid

  2. 2 :  a coating (as of algae) on the surface of still water

  3. 3 :  a loathsome person



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